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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Our latest amber brew is a traditional German-style altbier. German brewers have long been famous for their light pilsner beers, but those lagers are a relatively recent world phenomenon (poplarized in the 1800’s). The humble "alt" is a style that traces its root back to the Middle Ages ("alt" means "old or old-fashioned" in German). Not as sweet or fruity as an American Amber, the altbier style features rich caramelized malt flavors, and a well-defined hop bitterness up front. Rhine Heights fits the bill nicely. Malt flavors are rich and complex, hops are in balance as bittering element, but don’t contribute to the aroma or flavor perceptibly. A hearty malt-forward German amber ale- PROST!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21687) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Draft at the source. Hazy golden amber color. Caramel aroma. Taste is roasty cocoa and caramel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of toasted malt, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering toasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft. Just not enough hops, it is a pretty timid-tasting altbier that misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber red with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has nice notes of light grass biut is mainly full of bread and dark grain. Flavor has notes of bread and grains with a bit of of earthy grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap the brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a nice darker copper brown hue, a touch of haze but really just dark, a light glow. A frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to a thicker ring and laces ok. Aromas are subtle bread, touches of brown sugar, carmelized malts, touches of dry floral hops, faint spiciness. Initial is lighter bodied offering bread, biscuits, sweetness with a faint brown sugar and vanilla appeal. Sweeter, touches of carmelized malts grow with a light floral hopping, faint dryness into the finish. A clean yet maltier beer, it’s a bit forgettable with a good deal of bread, toast. Light spice, touch of dry florals. Finish is clean, a touch squeeky, with some faint spice and lingering sweet malts mellow on the backend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Draft at Vintage. Amber-brown, thin beige head. The hops don’t really work well with this one. They come off soapy, cheap. One dimensional bitterness, no floral aromas. Not a bad beer, just not an impressive Alt. A little homebrewy. Nutty, caramel tones. Bland, lacks expertise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Tap at the brewery - clear amber beer - a decently executed alt - malt character is rich, but mostly dry, nutty, and bready (dark rye, pumpernickel) - some light raisin and cherry - lightly bitter finish - solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Sampled on draught at the Great Northern Beer Festival in Eagle River, WI. Pours a clear copper colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and a thin ring. Aroma of some pre-skonk hops, caramel and toasted biscuit malt, and a touch of Brett. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of tart brown ale, some Brett and grassy hops. Finish is slightly tart which reminded me a little of the JT Whitney Brown Ale that turned out to be a decent sour. As an alt, the keg may have been infected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Translucent amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is pale with light caramel and faint noble hops. Taste of noble hops, pale malt and a touch of rye. Light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
I am going to split the difference on the previous ratings and say that this a solid alt. It has a certain Wisconsin feel to it that you also find in New Glarus, Lake Louie, and a couple of other breweries. Drinking it brings me back to a summer evening with the weather moderate and the sun dipping below the horizon.

Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent bronze colored body has a wonderful eggshell corona. Caramel, butterscotch, and malt give it sweetness. Rather than being cloying or dull it straddles the middle line nicely. It was almost like an inexpensive caramel candy from the checkout aisle at the grocery store.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy and silky the mouthfeel fills the mouth with sweetness. Caramel, like a Wurthers hard candy, smooths the palate. The finish is a mix of malts and noble hops. Another sessionable gem I am beginning to think that not only does the brewer here know what they are doing they know how to knock it out of the park every time. Great Dane, Ale Asylum, and Grumpy Troll may have a run for their money.

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